Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fr. Estrem resigns to re-evaluate his career? Career? I thought being a priest was a vocation!

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Father John Estrem, chief exec­u­tive officer of Cath­o­lic Charities of St. Paul and Min­nea­polis since 2005, [reputedly making a six figure salary], has submitted his res­ig­na­tion, ef­fective June 30, to Arch­bish­op John Nien­stedt. . . .

Serving as CEO of Catholic Chari­ties was a dream job for Father Estrem, according to the statement.

“However, my life and career have been on a single path for 30 years,” Father Estrem said in the statement. “After great soul searching, I believe it is essential for me to step back and reflect on the next phase of my career and decide how and where I can be of most service.”

Maybe it is for the better that Fr. Estrem, or should I just refer to him as "John", is leaving.

What one really wants to know is what kind of decisions were made by a priest who thought of himself as having a job with the Archdiocese.

Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis is a huge operation. It is responsible for the following agencies:

Children's Services

  • Hope Street for Runaway & Homeless Youth
  • Northside Child Development Center
  • St. Joseph's Home for Children
  • Housing & Emergency Services

  • Branch III
  • Dorothy Day Center
  • Evergreen Residence
  • Exodus Residence
  • Family Service Center
  • Food Shelves
  • Glenwood Residence
  • Housing First
  • Mary Hall
  • Secure Waiting Space
  • St. Anthony Residence
  • St. Christopher Place
  • St. Paul Residence
  • Visitation Place


  • Family Services


  • Adoption Services
  • Caregiver Support
  • Counseling Services
  • Hispanic Outreach
  • Migration & Refugee Services
  • Office for Separated & Divorced
  • Parenting Services
  • Prenatal Services
  • Senior Care Management

    Advocacy
  • Office for Social Justice


  • Some would like to know what kind of appointments a "careerist" might make to manage these critically important ministries.

    We're talking about children, the unemployed, the homeless, the handicapped, etc. One hopes and prays that there aren't a whole bunch of careerists or unqualified people running those agencies.

    Pray to God that it is so.
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